However, times are changing and equality is the order of the day.
Therefore, knowing how men are the only sex capable of using computers properly, the following ruse must be our attempt at balancing things out –
REAL CASH FOR VIRTUAL PROPERTY
According to new research by Manchester University, some 400,000 or more youngsters are making money online, simply by playing games.
The majority of the kids are based in China and they earn around $150 per month in return for their time.
The job they have involves accumulating virtual goods in popular online games in order to sell them on to players who wish to save time collecting them themselves.
The report from Manchester University shows that gold-farming, as it is known, is a rapidly growing industry.
By and large, the developers of these games have tried to outlaw the practice.
WORLD OF WARCRAFT
Arguably the most popular online game of the moment, World of Warcraft pitches players against monsters and other humans.
By fighting and completing quests the players can earn and discover virtual gold.
For those who lack the time or expertise to gain gold quickly enough, such a service could seem enticing.
With differences in exchange rates and costs of living around the world, the gold-farmers can provide a cost-effective service to those players who have limited time to spend on the game.
Even though Blizzard do not condone such deals, the number of such deals available are likely to grow over time as both the player and the farmer would appear to receive a good return on their investments of cash and time respectively.
Do you ‘game’ online games by buying virtual goods and services?
Is it good business or do you think it is unethical and ‘against the rules’?